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Archive for January 2, 2014

Baroque & Before

Ignacio Prego

Armored foot soldiers, Gothic cathedrals, royal feasts, castles, and bands of ancient instruments—sounds like Game of Thrones, doesn’t it? Or it could be straight-up history. Today, concerts of Baroque and Renaissance music have an ardent following, even if the historical context is lost on listeners—though often times real life’s plot twists could keep apace with Alexandre Dumas or Ken Follett.

While composers were committing their souls to paper, Europe’s religious and political life churned with blood feuds

New York Phil Honors Britten

New York Philharmonic with music director Alan Gilbert

Thursday at 8:00 PM He was our feature for the month of November; and musicians around the world are concentrating on Benjamin Britten’s music in honor of the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth. There’s a lot of music to choose from, though his output was especially rich for the tenor voice, reflecting Britten’s devotion more…